Financial support available
Financial support is available for residents and businesses affected by the recent flooding in Nottinghamshire.
If you have been affected by the recent flooding, you may be able to apply for a recovery grant to help with your immediate needs.
Newark and Sherwood Community Recovery Grant
Newark and Sherwood District Council have provided residents affected by flooding with £500 and 3 months of council tax discount. The eligible person to claim the grant was the person liable for paying council tax at that property, whether that be the property owner or the tenant.
The community recovery grant is no longer available.
Call 01636 650000
Visit us at Castle House Great North Road Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 1BY
Nottinghamshire Floods Hardship Fund
Additionally, Nottinghamshire County Council has set up the Nottinghamshire Floods Hardship Fund for residents and the Nottinghamshire Floods Business Hardship Fund.
Residents whose properties were flooded internally are eligible to apply for a one-off payment of £120.
Small or micro businesses with up to 49 employees, whose premises were flooded will be eligible to apply for an emergency payment of £300 to help them cope with immediate, short-term loss of income.
To apply for either the residents’ hardship fund or the business hardship fund, please call Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 8080.
Business Recovery Grant
If your business has been impacted by the recent floods hitting Nottinghamshire, you can apply below for the Government’s Business Recovery Grant of up to £2,500.
The Guidance from the national government states that the Business Recovery Grant can only be paid to:
- small and medium sized businesses – ie larger and local businesses part of a national chain are likely to be ineligible
- SME properties that have been directly impacted by flooding – ie businesses experiencing flood damage to the property, equipment and/or stock
- SME properties that have been indirectly impacted by flooding – ie businesses having had no / highly-restricted access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of flooding; having restricted access for customers, suppliers and/or staff and directly suffered a loss of trade as a result.
Apply now via Nottinghamshire County Council's website.
Business rates relief
If you pay business rates, there is a minimum of three months of 100% relief from business rates, or longer if you are unable to resume trading from your property. The relief provided will be subject to state aid limits, and will only be available to properties with a rateable value less than £10m. If this is applicable to you please contact us on 01636 650000.
Property Flood Resilience (PFR) scheme
Following the recent flooding, the Government announced that flood-hit homes and businesses will be able to receive up to £5,000 to help protect them from future flooding. The purpose of the scheme is to assist property owners to improve the flood resilience of their individual properties when they repair them after a flood. The outcome from this funding should be that if flooding were to reoccur, damage levels would be considerably lower and householders and businesses could return to their properties much more quickly.
The Government has set out the following eligibility criteria:
- Residential properties (including accommodation such as static caravans where this is the primary residence, defined as a location registered on electoral role) where habitable internal areas of the premise have been damaged by flooding by the relevant event.
- Business (including social enterprise) and charitable organisation properties where internal areas of the premise, which are critical to the day to day operations (i.e. not storage sheds or warehouses) have been damaged.
- Properties must have been severely damaged by a flood event between xxx and xxx. The inside of the property must have been flooded and there must have been damage to the fabric of the building, necessitating repair.
- The grant is only available to people where the habitable living or business areas of their properties have been damaged by entry of floodwater, necessitating drying out and/or repairs to the fabric of the building.
- Garages, outhouses and storage areas are not eligible for the scheme.
- Second homes are not eligible.
- Empty homes are not eligible.
- Basements or cellars not used as part of the habitable or business area of a property are not eligible for the scheme.
Flood Resilience - Area Schemes
In some areas, it will be more effective to provide a scheme that covers all properties, so that works carried out provide protection for the area. For example, in terraced properties, if a household carries out flood resilience work and their neighbour does not, it could undermine the effectiveness of the works undertaken.
Terraced or Semidetached Properties
We recommend that residents and businesses in Terraced or Semidetached Properties consult with their neighbours about proposed flood resilience measures. If a household or business carries out flood resilience works and their neighbour does not, it could undermine the effectiveness of the works undertaken. Residents and businesses can use the services of the Council procured surveyor, or they can engage their own surveyor. This work can be funded as part of the £5,000 PFR 2019 grant (up to a maximum of £500). We envisage that by procuring a surveyor to work across multiple properties we are able to reduce this cost.
Residents and businesses in other areas have a number of options available. They can use the services of the Council procured surveyor, or they can engage their own surveyor. This work can be funded as part of the £5,000 PFR 2019 grant (up to a maximum of £500). We envisage that by procuring a surveyor to work across multiple properties we are able to reduce this cost.
The application form will soon be available for completion.
Please note, funding is only available to the property owner. Grant funding will only be awarded once the work has been completed to appropriate quality standards. The final cost invoiced by the contractor should not exceed the quoted price. The funding will be awarded to the successful applicant who will then make arrangements for payment to the external contractors carrying out the PFR work. Alternatively applicants can request that the Council releases funding directly to the contractor(s) for the Property Flood Resilience work.